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Bishop Warns MPs Against Amending Presidential Age Limit

The Bishop of Ruwenzori Diocese, Reuben Kisembo has cautioned Members of Parliament against accepting bribes to change the age limit the constitution to allow President, Yoweri Museveni to stand for re-election.

Speaking during the Easter Service this morning at St John’s Cathedral Kabarole, Kisembo said should the MPs accept to be bribed; they will have done a disservice to the people of Uganda. This is according to local news agency, URN.

“Our Members of Parliament should desist from being bribed. They should not tamper with our constitution, “Kisembo said amidst applause from the congregation.

Kisembo who referred to 2005 when MPs were bribed to amend the constitution to remove the two-term limit, said a repeat of the same will be an injustice to the people of Uganda.

“If the MPs are bribed the second time, it will be injustice to its citizens. They should respect our constitution,” Kisembo said. The 1995 constitution bars anyone above 75 years of age from standing for president. This means President Museveni would be ineligible to seek re-election in 2021.

There are reports that a section of National Resistance Movement – NRM MP planning to amend the constitution to allow Museveni to contest in 2021. Kisembo also appealed to President Museveni not to be tempted to stand again.

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